Everywhere in Education we see curriculum change and renewal, change responding to external policy, responding to our desire to refresh our Education programmes and sometimes responding to internal institutional requirements but as academics working in Education departments we always seek to develop our curricula by being informed by what we know about effective learning.
This keynote will look at the implications for curriculum development and teacher development of a number of emerging trends in curriculum, which include:
• Authentic learning (e.g. Project Based Learning);
• Inter-disciplinary learning;
• Collaborative learning;
• Local curriculum making and curriculum partnerships;
• Divergent learning (as well as convergent learning);
• Holistic assessment.
As Director for the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT), David Leat has been researching the difficulties in sustaining whole institution curriculum change, which has led to an equal focus on professional learning and organisational/cultural change.
Keynote presentation by David Leech given at the HEA 'Curriculum Challenge: Being a curriculum thinker' event on 7 April 2014.